Gary O'Donovan ruled out of World Rowing Championships

Olympic silver medallist Gary O’Donovan has been ruled out of the World Rowing Championships in Florida due to illness.

He has withdrawn from the LM2x competition as a viral infection has interrupted his preparations for the event.

However, he is still set to travel to America as a first reserve, with Shane O’Driscoll now joining Gary’s brother Paul O’Donovan for the event.

Despite the blow, Ireland are well represented with Patrick Boomer, Fionnan McQuillan-Tolan, Sanita Puspure, Denise Walsh, Aileen Crowley and Aifric Keogh making up their team for the championships.

The competition begins on 24 September in the Saratosa area of Florida and will go ahead despite the damage cause by Hurricane Irma.

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